Friday, May 26, 2017

Hosting a Memorial Day BBQ?

Hooray! It’s Memorial Day weekend! Warm summer weather is here in all its glory, so take full advantage of it by getting outside as much as you can. But before the gang arrives for the big holiday cookout, make sure your outdoor furniture is ready for company. Here’s how:

  • Sponge down aluminum furniture with a mix of warm water and dishwashing liquid. Pay particular attention to the joints and crevices of the frame, and sponge the cushions or webbing with the same mix to freshen up the seats. Finish by rinsing everything off with a garden hose until all the soap bubbles are gone.
  • If a nearby shade tree has showered your patio furniture with sap or pollen, dissolve the sticky mess with a mix of 1 part glycerin and 1 part warm water. Wipe the furniture with a clean, moist sponge.
  • To clean canvas chairs or chaises, wet the fabric with a garden hose, rub a scrub brush across a bar of soap, and give the canvas a good going–over. Rinse thoroughly, let the chairs air-dry, and you’re done.
  • Spruce up grungy outdoor cushions by wiping them down with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of borax, 1 teaspoon of dishwasher detergent, and 4 cups of warm water, soaking the seams and creases. Let the solution sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with a garden hose. Set the cushions on end to air dry.

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Happy Memorial Day!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

It’s Time for Tomatoes!

There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a ripe, juicy tomato, picked fresh from your own garden. And since things are finally heating up outside, it’s time to get those tomatoes going!

Here are two top ways to plant tomatoes:

  1. The holey moley method. Simply dig a hole about the size of a soccer ball, and put a layer of compost or well-rotted manure mixed with a handful of bonemeal and 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts in the bottom. Then set in the plant so that only about the top 4 inches sticks up above the soil. (Clip off the lower leaves with scissors first.)

  2. Trench method. Make a 6-inch-deep trench the length of the planting bed. Spread a thin layer of compost along the bottom, then trim off the leaves from all but the top 4 inches of the stem. Lay each plant in the trench horizontally, with the 4-inch leafy part curved up out of the ground. Pack soil around it so it stays in place, and then cover up the rest of the stem with soil.

After you’ve got your tomatoes planted...

It’s a good idea to set in some basil, bee balm, or borage close by. These aromatic herbs are the best neighbors your tomatoes will ever have because they send out chemicals from their roots and leaves that make tomato plants healthier and boost ‘em to new heights!

And if you want to get the most mouthwatering tomato crop on the block...


Treat your plants to this Tomato Booster Tonic:
Just mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts, 1 teaspoon of baby shampoo, and 1 gallon of water in a watering can. Generously soak the soil around your tomato plants in early summer, just as they show a bunch of yellow flowers, to stimulate fruit set.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Raccoons running rampant?

Don’t look now, but here come the critters to kick off their season of mischief making.

Raccoons seem to be the wiliest of the bad guys—they’re agile, persistent, and smart. So whatever you do to make the rascals relocate, remember to change your tactics frequently. Otherwise, they’ll catch on to your game and you’ll be right back where you started.

The conniving creatures will eat just about anything they can get their little paws on. But corn, fruits, and berries of all kinds top the favorite list. Here are a few tricks that just might make the rascals ramble:

  • Raccoons hate the smell of both bleach and ammonia. So fill old margarine tubs or other small bowls with either aromatic liquid, and set them among your vulnerable plants.
  • Keep ‘em out of your garbage cans by dipping a large wad of paper towels in ammonia, dowsing it with hot sauce, and tossing the wad into the can.
  • Raccoons have hairless and very sensitive feet, and they don’t like to walk on anything that’s sticky, slippery, sharp, or just plain strange feeling. So lay a 3-foot-wide strip of any of these materials around your veggie patch, and those critters’ll clear out fast: broken pot shards or jagged stones; nylon netting; plastic sheeting; smooth, round pebbles; thorny rose or bramble fruit canes; wire mesh.

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Give Your Lawn Some Air

Aeration is a classic technique for loosening up compacted soil, as well as solving minor thatch problems. But even healthy lawns can benefit from a regular airing-out. The process simply involves poking holes in the soil, so that air can reach the grass roots – followed quickly by food and water. You should perform this task on a regular basis, following this simple two-part strategy:
  1. Every few weeks, strap on a pair of aerating lawn sandals, and stroll back and forth across your lawn. Or, simpler yet, wear traditional, spiked golf shoes whenever you mow the lawn or do other yard chores. Besides improving the health of your lawn, the spikes will give you more secure footing on the grass.

  2. Once a month throughout the growing season, combine 1 cup of beer and 1 cup of dishwashing liquid in your 20 gallon hose-end sprayer, and fill the balance of the sprayer jar with warm water. Then spray your lawn to the point of runoff to help keep the soil nice and loose and fluffy. Note: Anytime a recipe calls for dishwashing liquid, do not use detergent or any product that contains antibacterial agents.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Soothe Sunburned Skin and Treat Tired Feet

Spring has sprung, and with it comes time spent in the great outdoors. Whether you’re gardening, playing sports, or just enjoying a leisurely stroll in the sweet spring sunshine, make sure that you don't overdo it. But if you do, here are three salty solutions to treat your skin:

If you need fast sunburn relief, mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt in a glass of ice-cold milk. Sponge the solution onto your skin once or twice a day until the pain is gone.

Soften your feet with a simple salt rub. Just add a few drops of your favorite scented oil to 2 tablespoons or so of warm water, and mix in enough salt to make a paste. Pat the mixture onto your feet, rub with a washcloth for 2 to 3 minutes, and rinse. You'll have a head start for when summer sandal time rolls around.

But what if your feet are just plain tired? Just soak ‘em in a basin of salty water for about 15 minutes or so. Use about 1 cup of salt per gallon of warm water for soothing relief.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Earth Day!

Tomorrow is Earth Day, and even though we only celebrate our planet once a year, it’s important to think green every day! Maybe your home is filled with stuff you’d normally throw away or toss in the recycling bin. Well, it’s time to change that way of thinking, and take a fresh look at your cast-offs to see how they could be reinvented in useful ways around your home.

For example, many first aid and health supplies come equipped with packaging that’s every bit as useful as the product itself (though in different ways, of course). Here are some examples of potential trash you can turn into treasure:
  • Boxes from bandages and gauze. Save these boxes until Christmas rolls around, then wrap them like tiny presents and hang them from the tree. You’ll have one-of-a-kind ornaments for free!
  • Cardboard rolls from gauze. Dismantle the nests of rubber bands in your junk drawer, and snap them around the empty roll.
  • Plastic and metal boxes from throat lozenges. Use them to corral all kinds of tiny odds and ends, like buttons, nails, needles, paperclips, stamps…the list goes on and on.
  • Reels from adhesive tape. Or any other kind of tape, for that matter. Wrap aluminum foil around the reels, attach a string to each one, and hang them in your fruit trees and berry bushes to discourage fruit-eating birds.
  • Any of the above. Turn it into dollhouse furniture. Just cover the box, reel, or roll with fabric or decorative paper, and presto! Depending on the size and shape of the object, you’ve got a bed, coffee table, dining table—or whatever your little interior designer desires.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Reuse Your Easter Eggshells

Eggshells have more uses than you can shake the Easter Bunny at. So when you and your kiddies are done with your Easter eggs this weekend, don’t throw the shells away. This list of what you can do with them is only the tip of the cottontail:
  • Soak them in water overnight, and then water your plants with the calcium rich “tea.”
  • Start seeds in eggshells. At transplant time, crack the shells and set the whole thing into the soil.
  • Give them to the birds as a source of essential grit. Crumble the shells, and either mix them with the seed in your feeder or serve them as a side dish.
  • Scatter crushed shells around plants to deter slugs, cutworms, and other crawling pests.
Have a Happy Easter, and thanks for reading!